More Depressing Phillies News: Jimmy Rollins Out With Hamstring Injury

The Phillies can’t catch a break, can they?

One of the bright spots in this awful Phillies season has been the play of Jimmy Rollins. He hasn’t been his 2007 MVP self, but he’s returned to his career form after a down 2013. Most of Rollins’ stats are almost in line with his career averages, and his defense has been stellar. If you like regular stats, he’s hitting .243 with 17 homers. If you’re into advanced stats, his WAR is the highest it’s been since 2008. And he broke Mike Schmidt’s franchise record for hits!

Well, now he’s hurt. Rollins hurt his hamstring in Monday night’s loss to the Pirates. The Inquirer reports Rollins will be out for at least 10 days.

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WATCH: Penn State Kids Chant for Return of Joe Paterno Statue

Yesterday, the NCAA announced it had lifted Penn State’s sanctions stemming from the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. The Nittany Lions — now 2-0 this season after wins in State College and, um, Dublin — would be returned to their full set of scholarships, and were immediately eligible for the postseason.

Via Onward State comes this video of Penn State students’ impromptu celebration rally last night, which included the students chanting “Where’s the statue?” outside of Old Main.

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3 Observations About Eagles Fans (From a Non-Eagles Fan)

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Last year, while reporting on a story about football cuisine before the Eagles’ home opener, I crashed multiple tailgates all over the Linc lots, looking for fun anecdotes, quotes and stories, and maybe a couple sausages and beers. I ended up nailing down my own personal definition of Eagles fandom.

One guy in particular stands out to me. Middle-aged, successful. Intelligent and friendly. Owner of multiple businesses. Spoke eloquently about the decades he’s been coming to games with family and friends. Happy to break down a few of his “secret” tailgate recipes, the focus of my column.

Then a kid in a San Diego Chargers jersey strolled by. My interviewee’s eyes suddenly seemed to click to blood-red, like a hungry vampire in a Japanese cartoon.

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And in the Second Round, Buzz Bissinger Selects Nick Foles

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In Philadelphia magazine’s July cover story, Buzz Bissinger wrote memorably of Eagles quarterback Nick Foles that, “unless he stops being chickenshit and goes into the middle, he will never guide the Eagles to the place that only tantalizes us.” He instructed Foles to “Sidle up to a bar on the road and order a slug of single malt, not a double shot of milk.” And,”Don’t ever publicly say again that your favorite movie is The Lion King.” Bissinger observed that “there’s still an aura of softness about him, no fire. Maybe it’s the hee-haw face.”

But Bissinger overlooked all that on Labor Day, when he selected Foles in the second round of his 12-team fantasy football league.

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We Want Answers: Josh Innes, WIP Sports Talk Radio

Photograph by Gene Smirnov

Photograph by Gene Smirnov

How is Philly treating you more than half a year in? Considerably better than you might believe. Obviously, there are the comments you read online from newspaper stories or on Crossing Broad … but nobody on there likes anybody.

You’ve made a name for yourself as an acerbic shock-jock alternative to some of the older crusts in Philly sports talk. I wouldn’t call it necessarily “shock jock.” I don’t really like that term. The reality is, there isn’t a ton on the show that I would consider shocking.

Recently you had a guy and his girlfriend on speaker, and you asked him how big her “cans” were. You want to consider that shocking; I just consider it lowbrow. I’m not the first guy on the radio to ever do that. If you listen to Cataldi in the morning, the biggest thing they have is Wing Bowl. They bring the girls in here. And the whole thing is, they’ve gotta have great cans to be a Wingette, or whatever.
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Four Phillies Pitchers Combine for No-Hitter

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The Phillies got a bright spot in their lost season.

Four Phillies pitchers — Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon — held the Atlanta Braves hitless for nine innings in the Phils’ 7–0 win. It was the first combined no-hitter in the Phillies’ history, and the team’s first since Roy Halladay threw one against the Reds in the 2010 National League Division Series.

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Sorry Birds Fans, but the Eagles Won’t Win the Super Bowl This Year

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

I am as excited about this coming season as any Eagles fan. I gobble up every item from Sheil Kapadia and Tim McManus on Birds 24/7. I jockey between the two Philadelphia talk radio stations to catch every Eagles point. I’ll even watch the meaningless fourth pre-season game to see if Ifeanyi Momah can make the team.

Excitement is fueled by expectations; and expectations were fueled by The Statement.

It was a statement that can launch the already high hopes of excited Eagles fans into the stratosphere of unreasonable expectations. The Statement came from none other than NFL booth expert Cris Collinsworth. When asked to name his Super Bowl favorite, the first team out of his mouth was “Eagles.”

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Taney Dragons Fall at Little League World Series

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The Taney Dragons were eliminated from the Little League World Series in a 6-5 loss to Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West team Thursday night. Taney, the only Philadelphia team to ever qualify for the LLWS, had the tying run on third in the bottom of the final inning but came up just short.

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